Notoxus desertus – Antlike Flower Beetle

Pyramid Lake, Nevada

This furry little beetle comes with its own sun visor, a horn-like structure that projects over the head from the pronotum.  I photographed this Notoxus along the shores of Pyramid Lake where it was feeding on pollen.

Photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS D60

ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec, diffused twin flash


  1. #1 Kai
    November 27, 2009

    Yay, Notoxis!

  2. #2 Rick Lieder
    November 27, 2009

    Very nice, Alex, hadn’t seen a Notoxus before.

  3. #3 Warren
    November 27, 2009

    Are the horns for male battles?

  4. #4 myrmecos
    November 27, 2009

    They’re easy to overlook. As their name implies, antlike flower beetles are ant-sized and generally inconspicuous. They aren’t uncommon, though, and often appear at blacklights.

  5. #5 myrmecos
    November 27, 2009

    That’s a good question. I have no idea- it seems very little is known about anthicids in general.

  6. #6 jason
    November 28, 2009

    Beautiful shot! What a handsome (if not delicately hirsute) insect.

  7. #7 dorit
    November 29, 2009

    Way cuter than an ant!

  8. #8 Claire
    December 4, 2009

    I’m an entomologist (ret.) and artist. I love this little guy. I did a pen & ink of one, years ago, spending many, many hours with one eye in a microscope!

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